January 2011

January 31, 2011 6:30 PM | Posted by Paul Kallenbach | Permalink
A decade of lawsuits, particularly in the US, has failed to curb the vast scale of copyright infringing activity occurring on peer-to-peer file sharing networks. In Australia, last year’s iiNet decision arguably shields internet service providers (ISPs) against claims by copyright owners that, by failing to take action against their infringing subscribers, ISPs authorise those infringements. As a result of this decision (currently the subject of an appeal), many Australian ISPs now simply forward infringement notices received from rights holders to users, or take no action at all. read more
January 21, 2011 9:50 AM | Posted by Tim Hewitt | Permalink
In a recent post, we thought it unlikely that Telstra would put on its boxing gloves again after its failed appeal in the Full Federal Court following the Court's first instance finding that copyright does not subsist in Telstra's Yellow Pages and White Pages directories. To the surprise of many, earlier this week, Telstra filed an application for special leave to the High Court, demonstrating Telstra's strong belief that an exclusive right to publish millions of phone directory listings is something worth fighting for. read more
January 20, 2011 4:21 PM | Posted by Siobhan Doherty | Permalink
In a precedent-setting ruling, the UK's Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has held that online advertising and marketing practices which fail to identify paid comments and promotions are deceptive under the UK's fair trading laws. read more
January 13, 2011 7:40 PM | Posted by Tim Hewitt and Boris Milivojevic | Permalink
At the beginning of each year we read the tea leaves, throw the bones and gaze into our crystal ball, and predict TMT developments and trends for the year ahead. But our credibility as fortune tellers depends, of course, on the accuracy of our past predictions. So let's see how our 2010 predictions fared ... read more
January 13, 2011 12:00 AM | Posted by Posted by Tarryn Ryan and Paul Kallenbach | Permalink
2012 has been a big year in the TMT space. We've had Apple and Samsung fighting it out across the globe over patent rights, the highly anticipated High Court judgment in Roadshow Films v iiNet,[1] and even the announcement of Google Glasses. So what exciting things does 2013 have in store for us, and what will the fallout be from the major events of 2012? Here are some predictions for the coming year. read more